US History B – 1940-21st Century

US History B - 1940-21st Century

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Acellus U.S. History B - 1940-21st Century covers the development of the United States from the end of the Civil War through issues facing the country today.  Acellus U.S. History II is the second in a two-part series that provides high school students with a good foundation in the history of this country. Acellus U.S. History B - 1940-21st Century is taught by Acellus Instructor Todd Edmond. Acellus U.S. History B - 1940-21st Century is A-G Approved through the University of California.  
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Unit 1 - World War II This unit discusses the rise of dictators in Europe, including Hitler and the Nazis, and Mussolini and the Fascists.  Students also study appeasement, and the takeover of Europe. Additionally, they focus on the Four Freedoms speech, the Holocaust, World War II discrimination, and the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Unit 2 - The US Enters WWII In this unit student continue the study of World War II, focusing on the preparation for war on the home front, World War II's special fighting forces, advancements, and impact on industry.  Additionally, students focus on how Europe was taken back, V-E day, the Battle of the Pacific, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, the surrender on the U.S.S. Missouri, the aftermath of the war, and post World War II world affairs. Unit 3 - Post-War America and the Cold War - I In this unit students discuss the USSR as America’s new enemy, the post World War II international world, containment, the Marshall Plan, NATO and SEATO.  They explore the Red Scare II, Joe McCarthy, the Chinese and Korean Civil Wars, Sputnik/Flopnik and the U-2, The GI Bill, and Post WWII government spending. Unit 4 - Post-War America and the Cold War - II Building on the foundation laid in the previous unit, in this unit students focus on Truman’s domestic policy, the suburbs, post-World War II job trends, Eisenhower’s domestic policy, the “Other America.”  They further explore the impact of post-World War II Mexican immigration, the Taft-Hartley bill, advancements of the 1950s, Post WWII technology advancements, and popular culture after World War II. Unit 5 - Civil Rights In this unit students study Plessy versus Ferguson, Brown versus the Board of Education, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and World War II’s impact on Civil Rights.   They also discuss Civil Rights court cases, Birmingham and Selma, Little Rock and Birmingham, the March on Washington, expansion of Civil Rights, Malcolm X, the laws of the movement, and the death of the leaders. Unit 6 - The New Frontier and the Great Society This unit students explore the impact of the 1960 election, how John F. Kennedy challenged America, and JFK’s domestic policy.  They also study the Bay of Pigs and the Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the nuclear freeze, as well as the impact of JFK’s assassination, the conspiracies for JFK’s assassination, Lindon B. Johnson’s vision of a Great Society, and LBJ’s domestic policy. Unit 7 - The Vietnam War Years In this unit students focus on the beginning of the Vietnam War, the exit of France and Tonkin Gulf, and the “Living Room War.”  They study what happened at the Home Front, the protests, the events of 1968, Vietnamization, and “Peace with Honor.” Unit 8 - An Era of Social Change In this unit students explore Chavez and the Latino movement, the American Indian Movement (AIM), the women’s rights movement, the National Organization for Women (NOW) movement, counterculture, the environment, the environmental regions of North America, and environmental activists. Unit 9 - The Nixon Era and Watergate’s Lasting Impact In this unit students focus on Nixon and Detente, nuclear disarmament policies, the domestic agenda, and Nixon’s domestic policy.  They also discuss the Watergate break-in, the cover-up, and Nixon's resignation. Unit 10 - Turmoil of the 1970s In this unit students study Gerald Ford, congress and vetoes.   They also explore the energy crises, the economy, Jimmy Carter's domestic policy, the 1976 election, human rights, the Iranian hostage crisis, and nuclear power. Unit 11 - The Reagan and Bush Era Focusing on the Reagan and Bush Eras, in this unit students delve into the 1980 election, the attempt to assassinate Ronald Reagan, Reaganomics, Reagan’s domestic policy, the Iran/Contra affair, relations with the USSR, and social concerns.  Additionally, students focus on the demographic changes in population in the 20th century, the impact of drug abuse in the US, the 1988 election, the economy and the debt, Desert Storm, Middle East policy, and the 1992 election. Unit 12 - Building the Bridge to the 21st Century In this unit students begin with a focus on health care and welfare reform, Clinton’s domestic policy, technological advances in the 1990s, the economical boom, US/Mexico Relations, and the Clinton impeachment. Unit 13 - The United States in Today’s World This unit students delve into the 2000 election, the War on Terror,  the 20th Century Presidential powers, and the Economic Crisis.  They study the 2008 election, the impact of immigration policies, 21st century woman in America, and issues of today.
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